Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

PMS Health Center

Font Size

Medical History for PMS

Your medical history is an important tool for your doctor in determining whether you have premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Your medical history includes your:

Based on the length and regularity of your menstrual cycles camera.gif, your doctor will try to determine whether you are releasing an egg from the ovaries each month (ovulation).

Your doctor may also ask you about your mental health history, including:

PMS can cause emotional and behavioral symptoms similar to those of depression or ADHD, so it's important to find out whether you have one of these problems. Some of these problems can get worse during the premenstrual phase. If you have PMS as well as another disorder, you may need treatment for both conditions.

Why It Is Done

Your doctor will take your medical history if you are having any symptoms of PMS. If your symptoms affect your mood or behavior, a mental health history is important.


A diagnosis of PMS is indicated when:

  • Your symptoms consistently occur (or get worse) between the day you ovulate and the first days of your period. While just over 50 out of 100 women ovulate around 2 weeks before their period, the time of ovulation can vary from woman to woman and month to month. Use a menstrual diary(What is a PDF document?) to keep track of when your symptoms occur.
  • Your medical history does not suggest any other conditions that may be causing your symptoms.

What To Think About

No single test can diagnose PMS. A diagnosis of PMS is usually based on your symptoms and medical history. Tests to check for other medical conditions that might be causing symptoms should be done only as needed.

Complete the medical test information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you prepare for this test.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology

Current as ofMarch 12, 2014

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: March 12, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

Today on WebMD

Woman with cramps
Causes and treatments.
portrait of thoughtful woman
Symptoms of this severe form of PMS.
woman with severe discomfort
When is it serious?
mineral water with chaste berry
Does evening primrose oil really work?
Woman with cramps
Pills with smiley faces
flat stomach
estrogen gene
Managing PMS Exercise And More
woman with severe discomfort
woman clutching at stomach
herbs in mortar and pestle